On Twitter, Ms. Lee congratulated Mr. Padilla as “a qualified lawmaker and steadfast advocate for justice”, Ms. Bass cheered “another historic barrier that has been destroyed” and Mr. Garcia pledged his “100% support for his re-election in 2022”. ”
Nathalie Rayes, president and chief executive officer of the Latino Victory Fund, who campaigned on behalf of Mr. Padilla, called the appointment “a long overdue milestone for the Latino community” and a “bold move towards a Senate that looks to serve the communities.” She added, “His appointment will not only increase the representation of Latinos in the Senate, it will also open the door for future generations of Latino leaders.”
To lead The California Republicans were less impressed. “One of the worst election officials in the nation is going to DC, not elected !!!” Harmeet Dhillon, a Conservative civil rights attorney and member of the Republican National Committee, tweeted.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein had approved of Mr. Padilla, who had worked in her field office early in his career, and on Tuesday she called the appointment “an excellent choice.” Ahead of his appointment, some advocacy groups had urged Ms. Feinstein to resign herself so the governor could choose two senators – a call that resonated after a New York article earlier this month suggested Ms. Feinstein, 87, was experiencing cognitive decline .
Mr Padilla’s uprising leaves Mr Newsom with a vacancy in the Secretary of State, a potential consolation prize for at least one disappointed contender. He will also have to appoint a new Attorney General if the Senate confirms the appointment of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services to Mr Biden.
In particular, the position of Attorney General has served as a stepping stone for higher offices in recent years; The youngest attorneys general include Mr. Becerra, Mrs. Harris and former California Governor Jerry Brown.
Alex Vassar, a legislative historian at the California State Library, said the last California governor to fill three state-wide offices was Earl Warren, who appointed a new senator, state controller, and member of the state board in December 1952 and January 1953 of Equalization. Pat Brown also made three appointments in 1964 and 1965, Mr. Vassar said, but one was simply to expedite the arrival of an incoming senator.